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Special Collections: Guide to the Dwight B. Demeritt Collection

Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
September 2012

Administrative Information

Collection title:  Dwight B. Demeritt collection
Collection number:  SpC MS 1732
Dates of collection:  1866-1998
Size of collection:  2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Provenance:  Gift of Dwight B. Demeritt, Jr., in 2012.
Arrangement:  Original order maintained.
Conservation note:  Materials transferred to acid-free folders and storage containers.
Preferred citation:  Dwight B. Demeritt collection, Special Collections Department, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
Restrictions on access and use:  None.

Note: several images from this collection have been digitized and made available at:

Biographical Note

Dwight B. Demeritt, Jr. graduated from the University of Maine in 1951 with a degree in History and Government. He is the author of several books including Maine Made Guns and Their Makers. He is an avid collector of materials related to the history of Maine and the other states where he has resided. His father, Dwight Burgess Demeritt (1898-1972), was also a published author and professor of forestry at various universities throughout the United States. Demeritt, Sr. served as Head of the Forestry Department at the University of Maine from 1934-1945 and as vice president and woodlands manager for the Dead River Company and Eastern Corporation of Bangor until his retirement in 1963.

Scope and Content Note

Postcards, photographs, newsclippings, brochures, photocopies and original documents related to the history of Mount Kineo House at Moosehead Lake and Maine logging and river driving.


Series 1 : Materials related to the Mount Kineo House

Box 1

F01  Summary of Kineo House building and remodeling dates and an inventory of items collected
F02  Stereoscopic views, Moosehead Lake and vicinity
F03  News article, “Kineo splendor rising again from Moosehead Lake,” Moosehead Messenger, July 2, 1998
F04  Advertisements, as they appeared in The Maine Woods (photocopies), 1903-1918
F05  Postcards: Mt. Kineo Hotel
F06  Postcards: Moosehead Lake, Fly Rod Crosby
F07  Postcards: hotel winter scenes
F08  Postcards: hotel summer scenes, golf course, steamer, Club House, and cottages
F09  Postcards: hunting lodge scenes
F10  News article, “The Great Summer Resort,” Mining & Industrial Journal (photocopy), June 20, 1884 p.8
F11  Advertisement (photocopy), 1895
F12  Moosehead Lake, Steamer Governor Coburn, ledger pages (2 pages), 1875
F13  Mount Kineo House stationary, letters, 1866, 1875, 1885
F14  Souvenir programs, menus, 1885-1890
F15  The New Mount Kineo House brochure, three editions, ca. 1900-1917

Box 2

F01  Brochure, the Somoset by the Sea, Rockland, and the Mount Kineo Hotel on Moosehead Lake, ca. 1930
F02  Mount Kineo House brochure

Series 2 : Materials related to Maine logging and river driving

F03  Stereoscopic views
F04  Photographs
F05  Postcards: mills, dams
F06  Postcards: logging camps, pulp wood piles
F07  Postcards: steam log haulers
F08  Postcards: log jams
F09  Postcards: log piles, waterfront scenes
F10  Penobscot Boom Corporation charter and bylaws, 1885
F11  Photograph, mills at West Great Works
F12  Letters, MG Shaw Lumber Co., 1906; Penobscot Lumber Association, 1912

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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